Watson will assess your personality based on your writing

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Mariella Moon
July 24th, 2015
In this article: IBM, personalityinsights, watson
Watson will assess your personality based on your writing

Turns out IBM's Watson can not only critique your writing, but use it to assess your personality, too. The supercomputer has a service called "Personality Insights" that can analyze your traits from written text. It needs at least 100 words of your own writing in either English or Spanish to generate a report, as well as guess your needs and values. For instance, I plugged in a diary entry into the service's demo website, and the service declared me "social, generous and imperturbable," assertive and with little regard for tradition. As you might have guessed, though, results change depending on the piece you use: Watson declared me as "inner-directed and skeptical" when I plugged in one of my Engadget pieces.

One way to make sure the results are as accurate as possible, according to the service's documentation, is to use the longest and most personal piece you have. Don't expect it to be 100 percent spot on, though -- and try not to be insulted if Watson thinks you need a bit more self-discipline.

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